Cruising the North Sea with Viking

My favorite piece of art onboard Viking Cruises’ new Viking Star: “Nordic Sunset” by Norwegian-born Ulf Nilsen. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Viking Cruises Viking Star was greeted by cold temperatures and grey skies for the first time on our journey so far. Still, at 7:00a.m., I braved the wind and the chill and went for a two-mile walk around the Promenade Deck on Deck 2 – and I wasn’t alone. Other guests were also using the Promenade for an early morning jog. I liked that. It convinces me of the worth of one of my favorite spaces, in an age where so many lines seem eager to get rid of it entirely.

Viking Star's spacious promenade deck, photographed during our evening in Greenwich, England. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Viking Star’s spacious promenade deck, photographed during our evening in Greenwich, England. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Despite the cold temperatures and moderate swell, guests were undeterred. With the magrodome cover fully shut, the midships pool area and adjacent Wintergarden were comfortably warm. It’s such smart space – and so rare that it can be enjoyed in beautiful weather like we’ve had for the last two days, and in inclement weather like today.
Unlike other cruise ships I’ve been on that have had magrodome-covered pools, the one aboard Viking Star almost completely lacks humidity. It also doesn’t have that heavy chlorine smell that can be prevalent on other ships. Credit here goes to a massive number of recirculating vents that pull the air from the entire midships pool area and exchange it. The end result is a public space that is comfortable to sit in and enjoy at any time.

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